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by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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What is the Cost of a Front Door, a Garage Door, and a Patio Door in 2020?

Doors are an important part of any home. They not only protect it, but also are a key part of a polished exterior design. This is true for not only front doors, but garage and patio doors as well. How can you know what budget to plan for when replacing these doors? And what material option works best for you?

Our expert Renovation Advisors have gathered up all the information you need, so you can take the guesswork out of the cost of door replacement and make the most informed decision for your needs.

Cost of replacing a front door in 2020

Below is a table listing the approximate costs of a new front door, by material. Prices may vary depending on factors such as the addition of glass inserts, colours and finishes, thickness, quantity and quality of locks, etc.

Type of Front Door Cost per Door (incl. installation)
PVC door (standard) +/- $1100 – $1725
Steel door (standard) +/- $1400 – $1840
Fibre glass door (standard) +/- $1500 – $2185
Wood door (standard) +/- $1600 – $2300
Aluminium door (standard) +/- $2000 – $4025
High-end door +/- $3000 – $5175

PVC Doors

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a PVC front door for your home.

Pros: 

  • Great thermal insulation, which is ideal for cold Canadian winters
  • Very good price-to-quality ratio
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Waterproof, and therefore resistant to mold

Cons:

  • Flammable
  • Tendency to warp more than steel
  • Shorter lifespan due to changes temperature

Steel Doors

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a steel front door for your home.

Pros:

  • Low cost option
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Galvanized steel is fire-proof and can be reinforced for added security
  • Can be customized with paint
  • Larger doors are possible thanks to its superior structural load

Cons:

  • Very heavy (especially if reinforced)
  • Must be repaired quickly in cases of scratches to avoid rusting
  • Deep scratches or dents are impossible to repair
  • Energy efficiency greatly reduced when inlaid with glass

black steel front door

Composite Doors (Fiberglass)

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a composite front door for your home.

Pros:

  • Durable with little maintenance
  • Doesn’t absorb humidity (compared to wood)
  • Well thermally and acoustically insulated
  • Resistant to scratches and dents
  • Has the appearance of wood

Cons:

  • Moderate lifespan
  • Sensitive to extreme changes in temperature

various models of composite doors

Wood Doors

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a wood front door for your home.

Pros:

  • Can add value to your home (popular stylistic choice)
  • Offers good insulation when mixed with another material
  • Resistant to warping caused by temperature changes
  • Well sealed
  • Possibility to install a storm door

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Maintenance required for longevity
  • Vulnerable to scratches

wood front door

Aluminium Doors

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing an aluminium front door for your home.

Pros:

  • Popular stylistic choice
  • Comes in many sizes and models, ideal for customization 
  • Very light
  • Very little maintenance (does not rust)

Cons:

  • Not very insulating, unless paired with a thermal break
  • Not as solid as steel
  • Prone to scratches
  • Difficult to repair if damaged
  • Expensive

Cost of a garage door in 2020, by material

Many factors need to be considered when it comes the time to choose a new garage door. What is typically considered first and foremost is the price for a type that will be functional, secure and well insulated.

Below is a table representing various options and their prices. You will also find a detailed pros and cons list for each type of garage door.

Type of Garage Door Cost per door (incl. installation/excl. motorized system)
Steel door +/- $2000 – $4600
Aluminium door +/- $2500 – $5750
Wood door +/- $6000 – $10350

Steel Door

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a steel garage door for your home.

Pros:

  • Very resistant to weather conditions
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Many colour and finish options available

Cons:

  • Insufficient insulation (double insulated model is recommended for energy efficiency)
  • Material not recommended in waterfront areas (high risk of rusting)
  • Regular maintenance recommended (every 2 years)

Aluminium Door

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing an aluminium garage door for your home.

Pros:

  • Very resistant to severe weather
  • Very durable
  • Perfect to use with motorized systems
  • Does not rust (good choice for waterfront homes)
  • Easy to install
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Does not insulate well, even with thermal break (material retains the cold)
  • Not resistant to damage (textured finishes increase resistance)

aluminium garage door

Wood Door

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a wood garage door for your home.

Pros:

  • Good natural insulation
  • Great stylistic choice
  • Large variety of types, colours, stains and models available

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not recommended for motorized systems because of their weight
  • Manufacturer guarantee is typically only about 2 years
  • Sensitive to water/humidity

wood garage door

Types of garage doors

Sectional

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a sectional garage door for your home.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Maintains fluidity for a long period of time
  • Does not take up a lot of room
  • Most popular model

Cons:

  • In case of power outage, manually opening it can be physically challenging

sectional garage door

Roll-Up

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a roll-up garage door for your home.

Pros:

  • Ideal for commercial use and in small warehouses
  • Durable
  • Quiet
  • Resistant to rust
  • Takes up minimal space inside the building once open
  • Requires little maintenance

Cons:

  • Lacks style and options for customization of look
  • Offers no insulation

roll-up garage door

Side-Hinged

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a hide-hinged garage door for your home.

Pros: 

  • Inexpensive (price varies depending on material)
  • Does not take up space inside the garage

Cons:

  • Cannot be used roadside
  • Not well insulated

side-hinged garage door

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Prices of a sliding patio door in 2020

A patio door adds a lot of personality and light to any home. A sliding door is a great option that allows for functionality and maximizing space. There are many types on the market, so it may be difficult to figure out which is best for our budget.

Below is a table with an overview of prices for each type of patio door (standard size). You will also find detailed lists of the pros and cons of each type, to help you make your decision.

Type of Patio Door (standard size) Price per Door (incl. installation)
PVC patio door +/- $2200 – $4370
Hybrid patio door +/- $2750 – $5000
Aluminium patio door +/- $3000 – $5175
Wood patio door +/- $3200 – $5520

PVC

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a PVC sliding patio door for your home.

Pros:

  • Most affordable option
  • Very durable
  • Little to no maintenance
  • Adaptable in various climate conditions

Cons:

  • Thick frame takes away from stylistic appeal
  • Limited colour selection

pvc patio door

Hybrid (PVC and Aluminium)

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a hybrid sliding patio door for your home.

Pros:

  • Stylish and durable like aluminium
  • Insulation properties of PVC
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures
  • Aluminium exterior allows for various colour options

Cons:

  • Medium pricepoint

hybrid patio door

Aluminium

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing an aluminium sliding patio door for your home.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and resistant to damage
  • Less maintenance than wood, but more than PVC

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not well insulated (can be remedied with a thermal break)

aluminium patio door

Wood

Below are the advantages and disadvantages for choosing a wood sliding patio door for your home.

Pros:

  • High-quality material
  • Preferred and unique style choice
  • Excellent natural thermal insulation

Cons:

  • Requires maintenance for longevity
  • Expensive

wood patio door

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